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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Birmingham City

Nottingham Forest forward Matt Derbyshire

Nottingham Forest kept their Championship play-off hopes alive with a win over struggling Birmingham.

Matt Derbyshire was played through by Jamie Paterson in the second minute and fired in to put the home side ahead.

Forest dominated the first half but failed to add a second as Ben Osborn and David Vaughan shot wide.

The home side were almost punished but a Chris Burke shot was deflected wide and keeper Karl Darlow saved a Paul Robinson header as Forest held on.

The victory ended a run of 12 league games without a win for temporary manager Gary Brazil and moved his side to within three points of the top six.

Forest's remaining three games see them visit Leeds and Bournemouth before a home game against Brighton.

For Birmingham, defeat means they lie just a point above the bottom three, although they have a game in hand on most of their rivals.

The visitors could have little complaint at the defeat by Forest, who took an early lead when Derbyshire slotted past advancing keeper Darren Randolph.

Lee Clark

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Post-match: Birmingham boss Clark

Forest had plenty of chances to extend their advantage but failed to do so as Osborn headed over and sent a shot wide, while Derbyshire and Vaughan also sent strikes narrowly off target.

Birmingham improved after the break and Burke crossed for Nikola Zigic only for the striker to head straight at Darlow.

Burke thought he had equalised when he flashed a shot across goal before a deflection took his effort wide.

From the resulting corner, Darlow excellently turned a Robinson header around the post as Forest won their first league game since 11 February.

Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil: "I said weeks ago that it might not take a massive number of points to get you into sixth place and it is proving to be the case.

Gary Brazil

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Post-match: Forest caretaker Brazil

"If we can get a win at Elland Road, the last two games are going to be very interesting.

"I am really pleased for everyone at the club because this has been a tough period. To get ourselves a win now gives us some momentum, but we have to carry that on now, on Monday afternoon."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark: "We have to dust ourselves down following this, because we have some huge games coming up.

"We have to go again. We need our senior players to step up to the plate.

"It is in our own hands and we have to look after ourselves. We have to produce the goods. We grasped things better in the second half, but we need to do it for entire games."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 15Halford
  • 13FoxBooked at 89mins
  • 24VaughanSubstituted forGreeningat 56'minutes
  • 16Lascelles
  • 5Collins
  • 12MackieSubstituted forCoxat 82'minutes
  • 37PeltierBooked at 19mins
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forHendersonat 77'minutes
  • 21Paterson
  • 38Osborn

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 9Henderson
  • 14Greening
  • 18Jara
  • 29de Vries
  • 31Cox
  • 39Abdoun

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23Spector
  • 18HancoxBooked at 20minsSubstituted forMachedaat 60'minutes
  • 17Reilly
  • 5Thorpe
  • 4RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 7C Burke
  • 31Caddis
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forLøvenkrandsat 74'minutes
  • 36Huws
  • 27FergusonSubstituted forIbeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Ibe
  • 9Macheda
  • 10Howard
  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 14Packwood
  • 22Shinnie
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
21,300

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Birmingham City 0.

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier with a headed pass.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox tries a through ball, but Jamie Paterson is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Fox.

Booking

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Darius Henderson is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox replaces Jamie Mackie.

Hand ball by Chris Burke (Birmingham City).

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

Attempt saved. Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordon Ibe with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Offside, Birmingham City. Tom Thorpe tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Nikola Zigic.

Attempt saved. Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Thorpe with a cross.

Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest).

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Federico Macheda replaces Mitch Hancox.

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4328963693
2Burnley43241453286
3Derby43239112978
4QPR432110121473
5Wigan422010121770
6Brighton431714121265
7Reading431713131064
8Ipswich43171313664
9Nottm Forest43151711562
10Bournemouth43171115-162
11Blackburn43151612361
12Watford421515121860
13Middlesbrough43141613958
14Bolton43131614-255
15Sheff Wed43131416253
16Leeds4315820-853
17Huddersfield43121120-947
18Birmingham42111021-1143
19Doncaster43111022-2843
20Millwall43101320-2943
21Charlton42101220-2442
22Blackpool43101221-2742
23Barnsley4391222-2939
24Yeovil4381322-2537
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